Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ixora coccinea

Botanical name : Ixora coccinea Linn.
Family : Rubiaceae

SANSKRIT SYNONYMS
Paranti, Patali, Raktala

AYURVEDIC PROPERTIES
Rasa : Kashaya, Tikta
Guna : Lakhu
Virya : Seeta
Vipaka : Katu

PLANT NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
English : Jungle flame ixora, Flame of the woods
Hindi : Rangan, Rugmini, Ranjan
Malayalam : Techi, Tetti, Kattutechi, Kattutechi,

Distribution – Growing wildly throughout Western Ghats, also in gardens.

PLANT DESCRIPTION
A spreading hard wooded shrub grows up to 1 meter in height. Leaves simple, opposite, elliptic, ovate, sessile, and coriaceous. Flowers scarlet red colored in dense corymbose cymes. Fruits globose, fleshy and purple when ripe, containing single seed.

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES
Plant pacifies vitiated pitta, skin diseases, colic, flatulence, diarrhea, indigestion, ulcers, wounds, and used as antiseptic.
Useful part : Root, Leaves, Flowers.

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